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Spore Update: Space Stage The Fifth and Final Frontier
Once you’ve conquered the world, there’s nowhere else to go—except to another one! In the Space Stage of Spore, you create a spaceworthy vessel and set about exploring the known and unknown universe. Seek out new life and new civilizations, and ally yourself with them or reduce them to cosmic dust. Your goal is up to you—conquer all other spacefaring races, form a galactic alliance, become a collector of rare artifacts, or journey to the mysterious center of the galaxy—but your adventure doesn’t stop there. The Space Stage is open-ended, which means that your journey is never truly over!

Your Spaceship
Now that you’re a spacefaring race, all of your interactions with other empires, creatures, and environments will be done from the security of your spaceship. Maintaining and upgrading your ship is a must if you want to have any success in your galactic explorations.

Health and Energy
Health

The two most important things to keep an eye on are your spaceship’s health and energy, represented by green and blue bars in the lower right corner of the screen.

The green bar is your spaceship’s health. It is reduced by enemy fire, environmental hazards like meteor showers and ice geysers, and traveling through a wormhole without a Wormhole Key. If the bar is completely depleted, your spaceship explodes. But thanks to advances in cloning technology, you reappear in an identical ship at the last colonized planet under your control that you visited. You don’t lose any ship upgrades or items from your cargo hold either. Your spaceship’s initial maximum health varies depending on the difficulty level that you’ve chosen. Four ship upgrades, in addition to the Basic Health upgrade that you start with, increase your maximum health capacity. Once you purchase a higher level health upgrade, you can’t go back to a lower level one.

Health Upgrades
Icon Name
Basic Health Small Health Medium Health Large Health Extreme Health

Description
Increase your spaceship’s health capacity. Increase your spaceship’s health capacity. Increase your spaceship’s health capacity. Increase your spaceship’s health capacity. Increase your spaceship’s health to maximum capacity.

Requirements
None (Initially Equipped) Conqueror 1 or Colonist 1 Conqueror 2 or Colonist 2 Conqueror 3 or Colonist 3 Conqueror 4 or Colonist 4

The blue bar is your spaceship’s energy, which is consumed when you travel to another star system or use a weapon or tool that requires energy. If you run out of energy, you can no longer use weapons and tools that require energy to function. You can still travel between star systems, but each jump to another system consumes 200 health. If you don’t have 200 health, your next jump will cause your spaceship to explode. Like its health, your spaceship’s initial maximum energy is dependent upon the difficulty level of the game. You can upgrade your initial energy storage up to four times to increase its maximum storage capacity. Higher level upgrades replace lower level upgrades.

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Energy Upgrades
Icon Name
Basic Energy Storage Small Energy Storage Medium Energy Storage Large Energy Storage Extreme Energy Storage

Description
Increase your spaceship’s energy capacity. Increase your spaceship’s energy capacity. Increase your spaceship’s energy capacity. Increase your spaceship’s energy capacity. Increase your spaceship’s energy to maximum capacity.

Requirements
Missionista 1 or Colonist 1 Missionista 2 or Colonist 2 Missionista 3 or Colonist 3 Missionista 4 or Colonist 4 Missionista 5 or Colonist 5

end of this guide for more information). Without earning the right badges, you absolutely cannot purchase a tool or upgrade that requires them. Once you’ve earned the proper badges, the tool is unlocked for purchase at your own colonies, as well as the colonies of neutral or friendly empires. Here are a few things to keep in mind when upgrade shopping: • You can buy all unlocked tools and upgrades at your colonies, but they’re very expensive. • Other friendly empires offer better deals on tools and upgrades, but their selection is limited. • Every colony in an empire sells the exact same tools and upgrades at the exact same prices, so there’s no need to visit multiple star systems under the control of the same empire.

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As you scan a planet’s flora and fauna, the circles that represent them in the planet’s Food Web (located in the Terraforming window in the screen’s lower right corner) fill in. Empty circles mean that the corresponding plant or animal has not been scanned yet.

Abduction Beam
Contrary to its name, the Abduction Beam allows you to transfer items from a planet’s surface to your cargo hold, as well as beam items from your cargo hold down to the planet. To pick up a plant, animal, sentient creature, spice crate, treasure, terraforming tool, or rare item, click on the Abduction Beam icon in the Cargo tab of your spaceship’s inventory, and then click and hold the beam on the object until it appears in your cargo hold. You can hold only as many different items as there are spots in your cargo hold, and you can hold only 99 of each item. If there is no room in your cargo hold, the object drops back down to the planetary surface once it reaches your ship.

Radar
Your radar can be toggled on and off with a click of its icon on the Main Tools tab of your inventory. When it is turned on, it guides you toward items of interest on the planetary surface:

Refueling and Repairing

There are two ways to refuel and repair your spaceship: by visiting a neutral or friendly colony, or through the use of items. To refuel and repair at a colony, simply contact the colony and click the Repair and Recharge buttons. Your spaceship will be repaired instantly and fully, but keep in mind that there is often a cost associated with this: • Neutral colonies charge the most for refueling and repairs. • Friendly colonies give you a better deal. • Your own colonies will refuel and repair you on the cheap. • Repairs and refueling are always free at your homeworld. You can also buy four items to repair your spaceship and replenish its energy. These are stored on your Weapons tab and each is a single-use item, so once you use it, it’s gone. If you have multiple items of the same type, the count in the upper right corner of its icon decreases by one when you use the item

Single-Use vs. Multi-Use
Some tools and upgrades, such as Repair Packs, are single-use items. They’re identified by a number in the upper right corner of their icons in the purchase screen. When purchased, the number in the icon’s upper right corner represents how many you have in your inventory. Clicking the icon consumes one item of that type, and its inventory number decreases by one. If a tool or upgrade doesn’t have a number in the upper right corner, it’s a multi-use item. That means that you only need to purchase one, and it is never consumed when used. However, multi-use items require your spaceship’s energy to activate them, and the more powerful multi-use items will drain your ship’s batteries quickly. Once you start acquiring multi-use items, be sure to also stock up on Energy Packs and Energy Mega Packs so that you’re never caught short of juice at a critical moment.

• If the planet emits a yellow signal from the star system view, the radar guides you toward the rare item or terraforming tool responsible for the signal. • If a destroyed enemy spaceship drops treasure, the radar points toward the treasure item. • If you click on a plant or animal’s circle in the Food Web, the radar indicates the nearest example of the species. The angle of the radar beam points toward the object it has detected. The frequency of the pings emitted by the radar tells you how close you are to it—the closer you get, the faster the pinging becomes.

Treasure seized from destroyed enemy ships does not require you to have a free spot in your cargo hold. It’s instantly deposited into your Sporebucks account once you pick it up.
To beam objects from your cargo hold down to the planetary surface, click the object’s icon in the Cargo tab and click and hold the Abduction Beam on the area where you want to send the item. Plants, spice boxes, and rare items can be dropped from a great height without a problem, but animals and sentient creatures must be beamed all the way down to the surface, or they will not survive the fall. Although the Abduction Beam itself cannot be upgraded, there are three levels of cargo hold upgrades. Each one increases the number of spots in the cargo hold:

SETI
Your SETI device (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) helps you detect the presence of other spacefaring empires in a star system. If you mouse over a star system on the starmap and it emits a blue signal, that means that SETI has determined that another race has evolved to the Space Stage and colonized at least one planet in that star system. Visit the star system to make contact with the race, or avoid it if you’re not interested.

Repair and Refuel Items
Icon Name
Repair Pack Repair Mega Pack Energy Pack Energy Mega Pack

Cargo Hold Upgrades
Icon Name
Basic Cargo Hold Medium Cargo Hold Large Cargo Hold

Description
Restores some of the health to your spaceship. Instantly repairs your spaceship to pristine condition. Recharge a portion of your spaceship’s energy. Recharges your spaceship’s energy to full.

Requirements
Missionista 2 or Trader 2 Missionista 4 or Trader 4 Missionista 1 or Trader 1 Missionista 3 or Trader 3

Description
Increase your spaceship’s cargo capacity so you can fit more loot in your boot. Increase your spaceship’s cargo capacity so you can put more junk in your trunk. Increase your spaceship’s cargo capacity so you can haul the most of all.

Requirements
Collector 1 or Merchant 2 Collector 2 or Merchant 3 Collector 3 or Merchant 4

Common Tools

There are dozens of weapons, upgrades, and tools to purchase for your spaceship, but here are four that you will be using constantly throughout Space Stage. All four are given to you during the tutorial at the start of Space Stage and do not require purchase. None of them can be upgraded.

Tools and Upgrades

Scan
Scan is used to gather information about plants or animals on a planet and upload that data to your Sporepedia. To use it, just click its icon in the Main Tools tab of your inventory, and then click on the plant or animal you want to scan.

Launching your spaceship into orbit might have seemed pretty impressive at the end of Civilization Stage, but you’ll quickly find yourself outclassed in Space Stage unless you upgrade its hardware. But there’s more to purchasing upgrades than just forking over a wad of Sporebucks. Most upgrades need to be unlocked for purchase by earning badges (see the Badge Appendix at the
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Because you can colonize only uninhabited star systems, SETI is a useful tool for finding uncolonized systems ripe for colonization.

Consequence Abilities

As in the Creature, Tribal, and Civilization Stages, you earn special Consequence Abilities for each stage you play through on your way to Space Stage. If you skip any or all of these stages, you don’t get any Consequence Abilities for those stages. All of these abilities are passive abilities, which means that they’re active at all times, so you don’t need to do anything to use them.
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Cell Stage

Depending on whether you finish the Cell Stage as a Carnivore, Omnivore, or Herbivore, you earn one of three Consequence Abilities for Space Stage.

Tribal Stage

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Carnivore: Power Monger
This ability boosts your spaceship’s maximum energy capacity. Upgrades to your energy capacity result in even higher maximums than you’d have without this ability.

The Tribal Stage offers another three potential Consequence Abilities for Space Stage. Depending on whether you finish Tribal Stage as Aggressive, Industrious, or Friendly, you get one of the following.

Planetary

Aggressive: Arms Dealer
This ability reduces the cost of every weapon in Space Stage. Consider it a dental plan for arming yourself to the teeth.

Omnivore: Gentle Generalist
This reduces the cost of certain spaceship upgrades across the board. Upgrading your energy, health, and cargo hold capacity is much cheaper if you have this ability.

Industrious: Colony Craze
Colony Craze reduces the cost of all colonization tools, including Colony Incredi-Paks, Spice Storage, and Uber Turret. For a complete list of all colonization tools, refer to the appendix at the end of this guide.

Herbivore: Social Suave
With this ability, the cost of all socialization tools (Happy Rays, Embassy, Monolith, etc.) is significantly reduced. For a complete list of all socialization tools, see the appendix at the end of this guide.

Friendly: Gracious Greeting
The Gracious Greeting ability gives you an automatic +10 relationship bonus to all other empires except the Grox, who are less impressed by it. This helps to prevent declarations of war and makes it easier to form alliances and trade routes.

Creature Stage

The result of your journey through Creature Stage (Predator, Adaptable, or Social) gives you another of three possible Consequence Abilities in Space Stage.

Civilization Stage

Predator: Prime Specimen
This ability raises your spaceship’s maximum health. As you upgrade your health capacity, your maximum health remains above and beyond what it would be without this ability.

Finally, depending on whether you completed Civilization Stage as a Military, Economic, or Religious civilization, you earn another Consequence Ability for Space Stage.

Military: Pirate-B-Gone
This ability significantly reduces the frequency of pirate raids on your colonies, preventing spice loss and structural damage that would otherwise result.

Adaptable: Speed Demon
The Speed Demon ability increases the maximum distance you can travel between star systems on the starmap. It also boosts your speed when flying above a planetary surface, making it easier to flee from pursuers and harder for retreating enemies to get away from you.

Economic: Spice Savant
With this ability, all of your colonies produce spice at a faster rate, making it faster and easier to earn a fortune in Sporebucks.

Religious: Green Keeper
The Green Keeper ability reduces the frequency of eco-disasters on your colonized planets, preserving the Food Web and terraforming score of your planets without requiring as much intervention from you.

At the planetary level, the Space Stage looks a lot like the Civilization Stage, and your spaceship feels like a souped-up air vehicle. Cities and colonies dot the surface of settled planets, and the mini-map in the screen’s lower left corner displays the same types of information. Each colony is managed like a city from Civilization Stage, with two big exceptions: You don’t have to micromanage vehicle production, and the benefit of factories is increased spice harvesting, not automatic Sporebuck accumulation. For much more information on colony management, see the “Colonies” section of this guide. The mini-map shares space with terraforming information about the planet’s surface. Click the toggle button in the upper right corner of the mini-map to switch between the two views. For more information on the terraforming information, see the “Terraforming” section of this guide. While you’re on the planetary surface, you can scan plants and animals to add them to the Sporepedia, abduct flora and fauna with the Abduction Beam, terraform and colonize the planet, recover valuable tools and rare items, and attack rival colonies and spaceships.

Trade: Engage in a bit of interstellar commerce with the planet. Sell objects in your cargo hold, and buy the items that they have for sale. Shop around for good deals and highly motivated buyers! Repair: Replenish your ship’s health, usually at a price. Recharge: Refill your Energy Meter; this usually costs you some Sporebucks as well. Missions: See if the planet’s leader has any missions for you to undertake. Diplomacy: Much like the Contact option in the Civilization Stage, you can offer gifts, establish trade routes, form an alliance, ask for help fighting an enemy, dissolve a partnership, and more. The options available depend upon your relationship with the planet’s empire.

Mousing over a planet lets you know if there’s something valuable on its surface to be discovered. If you see yellow rings radiate from the planet when you mouse over it, it’s worth flying down to the planet’s surface and taking a look. You might find a rare item or a terraforming tool, or you might fly straight into a pirate ambush!

Each star system is controlled by a single race. If you’re not on good terms with them, they might not take kindly to you entering the system and may attack.
The colors of the planets’ orbit trails and the color of the sun in the star system indicate the relative ease of terraforming the planet and the type of spice that you can expect to mine there.

Social: Pleasing Performance
This increases the duration of the positive relationship boost that you earn from rescuing an allied empire from attack or eco-disaster. To put it in even simpler terms: empires take longer to forget the good deeds you do for them.

For information about which spice types are found on which planets, refer to the “Colonies” section of this guide.

Star System

A Sense of Scale

The difference in scale between the Civilization Stage and the Space Stage is as huge as the scale difference between Cell Stage and Creature Stage. You’re about to discover that the planet you’ve spent your entire life on so far is just one tiny speck in a vast cosmos!

To zoom out from a planetary view to a star system view to a starmap view, use the mouse scroll wheel or the + and - keys.

The star system view shows all planets in orbit around the system’s star. Only one empire can have colonies in a star system. While in the star system view, you can jump from planetary orbit to planetary orbit by clicking on the planets. If you want to initiate communication with a planet, you must be in orbit around that planet. To initiate communication, click the blue Open Communication button in the lower left corner of the screen. This gives you the following options:

Starmap

The starmap shows a constellation of star systems. Star systems are to the starmap what cities are to the planet in the Civilization Stage. After you have visited a star system, you can mouse over it on the starmap to see who controls it, which planets are in the system, and if it has any bearing on any currently open missions.

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Star System Information
Icon Description
Planet is too hot to colonize. Planet’s atmosphere is too dense to colonize. Planet is suitable for colonization. Planet is not colonized. Planet is habitable and contains only plants. Planet is habitable and contains only plants. Planet is habitable and supports animal life. Planet is habitable and home to a Civilization Stage species. Planet is habitable and home to a Civilization Stage species. Planet has been colonized by you. Your home planet.

An arrow on the yellow ring always points toward the galactic core, which helps to orient you when traveling through space.

Your Homeworld

Spore Update: Space Stage
Your homeworld is the heart of your empire, and it has a number of unique characteristics: • You can have up to 10 cities on your homeworld, as opposed to the three-colony maximum of any non-homeworld planet. • Buildings and turrets are much cheaper on your homeworld than on any other planet. • Spice storage capacity is much higher, but spice production is much slower. • Repairs and recharging are always free at your own homeworld.

Wormholes

If a star system emits a blue signal when you mouse over it, that means that it has been colonized by a Space Stage empire.

Scattered throughout the galaxy are several wormholes: rips in the fabric of space-time that send you across vast distances if you travel through them. They are represented by triangles on the starmap. If you do not have a Wormhole Key (available for purchase after earning the Frequent Flyer 3 or Gopher 3 badge), you will suffer damage when traveling through the wormhole. Because you’re never quite sure where a newly discovered wormhole will spit you out, there’s a certain degree of risk involved in using them. However, if you’re trying to reach the center of the galaxy or explore a completely new section of it, there’s no better way to cover a lot of ground quickly.

Traveling Between Star Systems

When you first start exploring the galaxy, you can make only short hops between nearby star systems in the starmap, thanks to the Interplanetary Drive and Interstellar Drive 1 that you are given at the start of Space Stage. As you upgrade your ship’s Interstellar Drive, you can travel farther between systems.

The galaxy is a big place, and the starmap can quickly become confusing. Fortunately, six filters in the starmap’s lower left corner allow you to toggle certain types of information on and off, which is a tremendous help when it comes to figuring out where you’re going, where you’ve been, and who’s where:
Empire: Highlights systems where you have established colonies. Allies and Enemies: Indicates which systems are controlled by races you are allied with or at war with. Green circles are allied spheres of influence; red circles are enemy territory. Empires: Toggles linking lines between systems that are controlled by a single race. Missions: Indicates which systems are important to the missions that you’ve accepted. (To remove a mission’s systems from this filter, uncheck the “Track this mission” box in the mission description in My Collections.) Travel Trail: Shows the path you’ve traveled between systems since your last visit to your homeworld. Visited: Highlights the systems that you have traveled to.

Starmap Filters

At the start of Space Stage, the only planet you control is your homeworld, which is the same one you conquered in the Civilization Stage (and evolved up from, starting at Cell Stage, for that matter). Your homeworld’s cities are in the same shape that they were in at the end of the Civilization Stage. That means that if you reached the end of the Civilization Stage by nuking every unconquered city with an ICBM, you’ll have some repairs ahead of you at the start of Space Stage. For that reason you might want to consider holding off on making the jump to Space Stage until you completely repair all of your cities in Civilization Stage and get them all running at peak productivity and happiness. Although your cities and buildings transfer over to Space Stage, your Sporebucks don’t, so it’s better to spend them on improvements in Civilization Stage before you lose them forever.

Seizing Homeworlds
If you discover the homeworld of an empire you are at war with, make every effort to take as many cities as possible intact. Other empires’ homeworlds harvest spice much more quickly than your own, so seizing control of one with all 10 cities still in one piece can be a huge boost to your spice trade. For more information on conquering other empires’ territory, refer to the “Other Races” section of this guide.

Colonies

Spaceship Drive Upgrades
Icon Name
Interplanetary Drive Interstellar Drive 1 Interstellar Drive 2 Interstellar Drive 3 Interstellar Drive 4 Interstellar Drive 5

Description
Allows you to leave your planet’s orbit Allows you to leave your solar system Increases your spaceship’s travel range Increases your spaceship’s travel range Increases your spaceship’s travel range Increases your spaceship’s travel range to maximum

Requirements
None None Frequent Flyer 2 or Gopher 1 Frequent Flyer 3 or Gopher 2 Frequent Flyer 4 or Gopher 3 Frequent Flyer 5 or Gopher 4

Your maximum travel distance is represented by a yellow ring that encircles your spaceship in the starmap. You can’t travel beyond that ring in a single jump. If you’ve got your sights set on a distant destination, you must hop between several star systems to get there.

For all intents and purposes, colonies in Space Stage are almost identical to cities in Civilization Stage. They can only be placed on planets with ecosystems that can support them, and they can’t be placed on any planet that has sentient life (creatures in the Tribal, Civilization, or Space Stages). Each star system can only have one empire’s colonies in it. The primary reason for establishing colonies is to harvest and trade spice. As Space Stage progresses, you will find that this is the fastest and easiest way to earn Sporebucks. The spice production of a colonized planet will always repay whatever cost you incurred by settling the colony, so colonization should always be one of your top priorities. A secondary reason for colonizing planets is to provide yourself with refueling and repair stops. This is particularly helpful when you’re exploring the galaxy and are far from friendly faces. Also, if your ship is destroyed in combat, you reappear at whichever one of your colonies that you visited most recently, which can save a lot of backtracking. Colonies are also important for setting up trade routes with friendly civilizations and for having outposts to purchase tools, weapons, and upgrades for your ship.

Establishing and developing colonies is also critical for earning the Colonist and Empire badges.

Establishing Colonies
Selecting a Planet
Ease of Terraforming
Terraforming is covered in much greater detail in the “Terraforming” section of this guide, but for now, all you need to know is that a planet needs to have a stable environment and balanced ecosystem before your Colony Incredi-Pak can unpack itself and become a real, spice-harvesting colony. With the proper tools, you can transform any planet into a verdant paradise, but it’s cheaper, faster, and easier to find a planet that’s already habitable. To do that, pay attention to the color of the planet’s orbital trail in the star system view: • A red trail means that the planet is too hot to colonize. • A blue trail means that the planet is too cold to colonize.
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Consider three major aspects when choosing a planet to colonize: the relative ease of terraforming it, the type of spice it produces, and its proximity to other empires.

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• A green trail means that the planet can support plant and animal life and is ready for colonization.

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Spice Production
There are six different colors of spice. Each planet produces one color of spice. The color of spice that it produces is determined by the color of its star and the temperature of its surface (indicated by the color of its orbit trail) Red Stars
Spice
Red Blue Yellow Green Pink Purple

Seizing a Planet

Yellow Stars
Green Orbit Trail
— — 94% 2% 2% 2%

Blue Stars
Green Orbit Trail
— 100% — — — —

Green Orbit Trail
96% — — 2% 2% —

Red/Blue Orbit Trail
50% — 44% 2% 2% 2%

Red/Blue Orbit Trail
— — 74% 22% 2% 2%

Red/Blue Orbit Trail
— 20% — 30% 35% 15%

Of the five spice colors that each colonized planet does not produce, it randomly chooses three that it wants to buy and two that it will not buy. The price that a planet pays for spice is determined by multiplying the base value of the spice color by a “premium curve” that is determined by the difficulty setting and the number of units of spice that you’re selling.

Easy
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 0.8 1 1.13 1.33 1.6 1.86 2.2 2.66 3.33 4

Medium
0.6 0.75 0.85 1 1.2 1.4 1.65 2 2.5 3

Hard
0.4 0.5 0.56 0.66 0.8 0.93 1.1 1.33 1.66 2

You can settle a planet only if it is uninhabited by sentient life. But if you’ve got your eyes on a planet that already has occupants, you can seize the planet and colonize it yourself. If the planet is colonized by a spacefaring empire, you must destroy or conquer all of the colonies on the surface of the planet, while fending off attacks from the empire’s defenses. For more information on destroying and conquering colonies, refer to the “Other Races” section of this guide. If the planet is home to creatures in the Tribal or Civilization Stages, you must fly over the surface of the planet and destroy every Tribal Hut or city on the planet. Once they have been eradicated, you can settle the planet yourself with a Colony Incredi-Pak or three.

Placing Buildings

As in Civilization Stage, it’s important to balance your colonies’ happiness with their productivity. Placing entertainment buildings adjacent to the city hall or houses increases the amount of happiness in the colony and makes it more difficult to conquer, giving the colony’s turrets more time to shoot down enemy spaceships. Linking factories to the city hall and houses boosts the amount of spice that is harvested per hour (measured in real time).

Colonies’ happiness can be increased by placing a Happiness Booster on the planet, but no item or tool increases their rate of spice production. So if you’re down to one building spot and can’t decide whether to put an entertainment building or a factory there, go with the latter option. You can always drop a Happiness Booster on the planet if you’d like to make your colonists a little more cheerful.
The best tactical arrangement of buildings is four factories, two entertainment buildings, five houses, and eight turrets. If placed properly, this gives the colony a production value of 132 spice per hour (more with the Spice Savant Consequence Ability), meaning that the colony reaches its five spice storage limit every two minutes. It also gives the colony a happiness rating of two, which should buy enough time for the turrets to deal with almost any threat.

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Purple
22,500

Spice Base Cost
Spice Color
Base Cost (Per Unit)

Red
3,375

Blue
4,500

Yellow
6,750

Green
10,125

Pink
14,625

As you can see, green, pink, and purple spice tend to be the most valuable varieties, so make sure to examine all uncolonized blue star systems when looking for planets to colonize, because planets that orbit a blue star tend to produce these colors of spice.

pirate raid, those colonies will probably not come under attack very often. Of course, if something should happen to sour your relationship with your former ally, you’d better beef up those colonies’ defenses, pronto!

Improving Habitability (Terraforming)

The Neighborhood
If you are at war with an empire, don’t colonize star systems near that empire unless you are prepared to fully develop and defend those colonies, because your rival empire will not hesitate to attack them. That means having the tools to improve the planet’s ecosystem to the point where it can support multiple turrets on each colony, and having the Sporebucks to purchase and install those turrets. Other defensive weapons, such as Uber Turrets, are also a good idea if you’re expecting trouble. Likewise, if you have a very strong and very positive relationship with an empire, you can colonize planets near it without having to invest too heavily in defenses. Other than the occasional

Unless you’ve lucked out and found a planet with a perfect ecosystem, there’s always room for improvement. Each planet has a terraform score, or “T-score,” that determines how many colonies you can place and how many buildings (including turrets) you can erect in each. The “Terraforming” section of this guide contains all the information you need about how to terraform a planet to your liking, but here’s the effect of a planet’s T-score on your ability to colonize it:

The Colony Planner functions almost exactly like the City Planner from the Civilization Stage, so refer back to the Civilization Stage section of this guide if you need a refresher. You can use the Colony Planner to design vehicles, although the colony itself purchases and maintains them, so you don’t need to micromanage this. The main purpose of the Colony Planner is to create, purchase, and arrange buildings using the exact same strategies used in the Civilization Stage, with the goal of keeping productivity up without sacrificing the happiness of your colonists.

Here is how to lay out this model colony, which requires a T3 planet and 358,400 Sporebucks:
◗ Fill the five spots linked to the city hall with three factories, a house, and an entertainment building, OR four factories and an entertainment building. ◗ Connect an entertainment building and a house to the first entertainment building. ◗ Place the remaining houses and factories in the four remaining spots so that you create productivity links between each one. There are several ways to do this, so keep rearranging the structures until you get to 132 spice/hour and two happiness. ◗ Fill all eight turret spots with turrets.

The only difference between Civilization Stage buildings and Space Stage buildings is that income is measured in spice instead of Sporebucks. You must trade the spice to another colony to earn Sporebucks from it.
Each planet’s colonies can have its own building and vehicle designs, and you can (and should) also purchase turrets to defend the colony from enemy attacks. Remember that the planet’s T-score determines how many structures you can erect in the colony. A T1 planet’s colonies can only have four structures, and that includes turrets. The colonies of a T3 planet can be developed until there are no more free spots for buildings.

T-Score Effect on Colonization
T-Score T0 T1 T2 T3 Max. No. of Colonies 0 1 2 3 Max. No. of Buildings None 5 per colony 12 per colony 20 per colony

If you terraform the planet to a T3 before dropping any Colony Incredi-Paks on it, you can place all of the buildings at once and rearrange and discard them without cost. Discarding buildings you placed in a previous visit to the Colony Planner recovers only 75 percent of their cost.

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Each planet produces one of six varieties of spice. Each colony on the planet can store five units of spice. The Spice Storage tool doubles the storage capacity of every colony on the planet’s surface if you use it to set up a storage facility on the planet. The Spice Storage unit can be destroyed by enemy fire, however, so be sure to place it near a colony fortified with turrets. Once a colony has hit its storage limit, it can’t harvest any more spice until you come by and pick up the spice it has already harvested. To pick up spice, all you have to do is fly into the planet’s orbit in the star system view, and the spice is automatically added to your cargo hold.

Spice Harvesting and Trading

Defending Colonies

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• Use Happiness Boosters to increase the happiness of the colonists and make the colonies more resistant to capture. • Place the Uber Turret tool on a planet to provide the strongest possible automated defense for all of the planet’s colonies. • Maintain positive relationships with neighboring empires to reduce the likelihood of war and prevent rival empires from attacking your colonies. • If war is unavoidable, win it as quickly as possible, or bribe the rival empire to sign a truce. • The Pirate-B-Gone Consequence Ability reduces the frequency of pirate raids on your colonies. eco-disaster warning appears on your screen, you’re in a race against the clock to travel to the planet and eliminate the infected animals with your laser weapon. Infected animals have a yellow cloud around them, and your radar always points toward the nearest one. A status box in the upper left corner of the screen keeps track of how many infected creatures you have destroyed and how many remain. If you eradicate all of the infected animals before the time limit expires, the eco-disaster is averted. If you don’t head off the eco-disaster, the infected species becomes extinct on that world, threatening its Food Web. For example, if an herbivore becomes extinct, it compromises the survival of the carnivore that feeds on it. You must replace the species immediately to preserve the Food Web and prevent total collapse of the ecosystem. The following tactics help to prevent or mitigate eco-disasters: • Placing a Bio Protector on a planet gives you more time to respond to eco-disasters when they occur. • Placing a Bio Stabilizer on a planet decreases the frequency of eco-disasters on that planet. • The Green Keeper Consequence Ability reduces the frequency of eco-disasters on every planet you colonize.

There’s more to colony maintenance than just setting up buildings and stopping by to pick up spice every now and then. You also have to periodically defend them against attack and prevent eco-disasters from wreaking havoc on the planet’s environment.

Fending Off Attackers

You must have one free spot for each color of spice in your cargo hold (six spots total). You can only hold 99 units of each variety of spice. If you don’t have room for the spice that the planet has harvested, the spice remains in the colonies.
The spice in your cargo can be traded for Sporebucks if you visit another colony and enter orbit around a colonized planet. The planet can be one of your own claimed worlds, or it can belong to another race that you have at least neutral relations with. (If you have a hostile relationship with them, they’ll be too busy trying to blast you into a million pieces to listen to your trade offer.) To see what they’re offering for your spice, open communications and hit the “Trade” button. If you’re happy with their offer, select the spice variety that you’re willing to trade, and then choose the number of units that you will part with to see the total amount of Sporebucks that you’ll get in return. Finalize the deal and watch your cargo hold lighten and your Sporebuck balance increase.

As mentioned previously, each world is interested in purchasing only three colors of spice, and the price that they offer changes from visit to visit. A good rule of thumb is to never part with spice unless you’re offered a five-figure sum per unit. The more you trade, the better an idea you’ll have of what you can get, so if you’re offered a good but not great deal, don’t feel as if you have to sell every unit in your cargo hold—unload a dozen or two, and hold onto the rest as you search for a more motivated buyer.
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There are two different types of attackers who will travel to your colonies and harass them: rival empires and pirates. Rival empires attack only if an empire has declared war on you. After the declaration of war, expect to see attacks on your colonies that are closest to enemy territory. Rival empires attempt to destroy your colonies or conquer them for their own use. Either way, if they are successful, you lose control of the planet (as well as the star system, if you have no other colonies in the system). Pirates tend to be less aggressive than rival empires. Their ships and weapons are weaker, and all they want to do is steal your spice. They are not interested in destroying your colonies or conquering them, although a poorly defended colony might be destroyed during a pirate raid if you don’t respond quickly enough. If a pirate raid is successful, they steal one unit of spice from your colony and flee. Whenever one of your colonies comes under attack, you receive notice of an incoming transmission. To receive the transmission itself, you must zoom out to the starmap and click on the transmission icon over the star system that is hailing you. The transmission will detail the nature of the attack (rival empire or pirates) and plead for assistance. Don’t waste any time getting to the planet and defending it, unless you’re willing to let the colonies’ turrets and other defenses try to fend off the attackers without your help. A wellfortified planet can repel a pirate raid, but a rival empire will probably be able to overwhelm its defenses. All damaged buildings auto-repair when combat is over. Destroyed buildings must be replaced by you in the Colony Planner. Take the following steps to reduce the frequency of attacks and the damage done by them: • Raise the T-score of all colonized planets to T3 as soon as possible and place the maximum number of turrets in each colony. • Keep the happiness level of each colony at two or higher so that it takes longer for rival empires to conquer the colony.

Eco-Disaster

From time to time, every planet gets hit with an eco-disaster, where a handful of animals become infected with a contagious and deadly disease that threatens the existence of their entire species. From the time that the

Terraforming

If you limit your colonization to perfectly formed T3 planets that you just happen across, prepare for disappointment. Most great worlds aren’t found; they’re created by transforming the climate with a variety of tools, and then populating the planet with a diverse array of plants and animals. This process is called terraforming.

Increasing Habitability
Raising the T-Score

The dot on the terraforming grid represents the planet’s current T-score. If it is outside the three concentric circles in the middle of the grid, it is a T0 planet and uninhabitable. T0 planets have unique environmental hazards that can damage your ship when you are in planetary view.

Terraforming a planet to its ideal state is a multi-step process that requires an array of specialized tools and a cargo hold full of plants and animals.

Dangers of T0 Planets
Characteristic
Low temperature High temperature Low atmosphere High atmosphere

Hazard
Ice geysers Volcanoes Meteor storms Thunderstorms

A planet’s terraforming score, or T-score, is determined by two factors: its temperature and the density of its atmosphere. The planet’s terraforming info shares a window with its mini-map in the screen’s lower left corner, and a button in the upper right corner of the window toggles between the two.

If the T-score dot is in one of the three concentric circles, the planet is habitable. The outer circle represents a T1 score, the middle a T2, and the innermost circle a T3.

Planet Atmospheric Tools
To raise a planet’s T-score, you must use planet atmospheric tools to adjust its temperature and atmospheric density. Tools that raise or lower the planet’s temperature move the dot on the T-score grid left or right, respectively. Tools that increase or decrease its atmospheric density move the dot up or down, respectively.
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Like most categories of tools, there are single-use and multi-use planet atmospheric tools. Single-use tools are completely consumed during use and have a limited impact on the planet’s T-score. Multi-use tools are much more expensive to purchase and take longer to unlock, but they can be used as much or as little as you want, giving you a greater degree of control. However, although they always remain in your inventory, they also consume your spaceship’s energy and can only be used as long as you have the energy to use them.

Placing Plants and Animals

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There are three varieties of plants: small, medium, and large. You must place one species of each variety to fill out the plant portion of each T-score row in the Food Web. Once all three plant spots of a T-score row are filled by species of small, medium, and large plants, the animal slots open up on that T-score row, since the planet can now support herbivorous creatures. which you should always purchase as soon as they are available. Once the climate has been changed to T3, immediately start beaming down plants and animals in the proper order to completely fill the Food Web. Zoom back out to the star system view, and then zoom back into the planetary view. You will find that the plants and animals you have placed have completely taken over the planet. Fly around and use your Abduction Beam to scoop them up into your cargo hold. Because the only species on the planet are the ones that you already have in your cargo hold, you can quickly and easily restock your plant and animal samples without accidentally filling the cargo hold with a wide variety of plants and animals. Drop at least one Colony Insta-Pak and use the Colony Planner to create an optimal colony (as described previously). If you can afford it, repeat this in two other locations to boost spice production and storage. Visit all of your colonies on a spice trading run, purchasing more Colony Insta-Paks as you’re able to afford them, and then repeat the entire process on another planet. Even if you’re distracted by eco-disasters and raids on your planets, you should have a sizable empire in no time!

Single-Use Tools
Icon Name
Atmosphere Generator Drought Generator Meteor Shower Ice Storm Asteroid Call Button Atmosphere Freezer

Description
Place on a planet to raise its atmosphere level…give the joint a little “atmosphere,” you know Place on the planet to lower the atmosphere level Use to hurl meteors at a planet to raise the temperature Place on the planet to lower the temperature Use on a planet to summon an asteroid, raising the temperature and lowering the atmosphere level Place on the planet to lower both the temperature and the atmosphere level Use on a planet to hurl an ice comet at it; lowers temperature and raises atmosphere level Place on the planet to raise both the temperature and atmosphere level Use on planet to totally terraform it to T3 instantly

Requirements
Missionista 1 or Empire 1 Missionista 1 or Empire 1 Missionista 2 or Empire 2 Missionista 2 or Empire 2 Missionista 3 or Empire 3 Missionista 3 or Empire 3 Missionista 4 or Empire 4 Missionista 4 or Empire 4 Reach the Center of the Galaxy

Ice Comet

Volcano Staff of Life

Changing the planet’s temperature and atmosphere is just the first step in terraforming it. Once the planet is capable of supporting life, you need to place new species of plants and animals on it. Each planet’s Food Web, located next to the T-score grid, has three rows of six dots that represent plants, herbivores, and carnivores, respectively. If a dot is empty, it means that the planet is capable of supporting flora or fauna of that type, but they haven’t been placed on the planet yet. If the dot is covered by a lock icon, it means that the environment of the planet does not yet support that type of plant or animal. Rows must be filled from left to right, starting with the bottom row and moving up to the next one only once an entire row has been filled. When a row is completely filled, the planet’s T-score increases by one, and another colony can be placed on the planet. Also, each type of plant or animal placed on the planet must be a unique species, or it will not fill a spot on the Food Web. For example, if you complete the T1 row on the Food Web and then try to start the T2 row by beaming down the same species of small plant you used to fill the T1 row, you will receive a message saying that the species already exists on the planet, and no dots will be filled in on the T2 row of the Food Web. Before you can place plants or animals on a planet, you need to abduct them from another planet. Use the Abduction Beam to suck them up into your cargo hold. This requires a free spot in the cargo hold for each species of plant or animal, and you can hold only 99 of each.

Unlike animals, plants can be dropped from a great height onto the planet’s surface without damaging them, so there’s no need to hold the beam on the surface to give the plant a smooth ride down.

Placing Animals
Filling out a T-score row with animals raises the T-score of the planet and opens up the plant spots of the next T-score row. And because raising the T-score also raises the colony limit, you can place another colony on the planet when all of the animal slots are filled in that row of the Food Web. Each T-score row requires two species of herbivores and one species of carnivore (omnivores can be used in place of carnivores). The herbivores must be placed first, so that the carnivore has something to eat. If you add the carnivore before the omnivores, you receive a message saying that the biosphere can’t support that species.

Aesthetic Transformations

Multi-Use Tools
Icon Name
Cloud Accumulator

Description

Requirements
Terra-Wrangler 2 or Empire 2 Terra-Wrangler 2 or Empire 2 Terra-Wrangler 3 or Empire 3 Terra-Wrangler 3 or Empire 3 Terra-Wrangler 5 or Empire 5 Terra-Wrangler 5 or Empire 5 Terra-Wrangler 4 or Empire 4 Terra-Wrangler 4 or Empire 4

Use on a planet to raise its atmosphere level Use on a planet to lower its Cloud Vacuum atmosphere level Use on a planet to lower the Refrigeration Ray temperature Use on a planet to raise the Heat Ray temperature Use on a planet to lower its Air Conditioning temperature and raise its atmosphere level Use on a planet to raise Hot Cloud both temperature and Seeder atmosphere level Use on a planet to raise Hot Cloud temperature and lower Vacuum atmosphere level Use on a planet to lower Cold Cloud both its temperature and Vacuum atmosphere level

You will never need more than three different species of small, medium, and large plants, or more than six different species of herbivores, or more than three different species of carnivores and/or omnivores. It’s more efficient to have many plants and animals of the same species than a few samples of a lot of species.

Animals are more fragile than plants and must be beamed all the way down to the planetary surface. Releasing the animal before it has reached the ground kills the animal and prevents it from filling a spot on the Food Web .

Terraforming Tips
If you want to go on a colonizing binge and don’t care about having a wide variety of plants and animals on your colonized worlds, start by filling your cargo hold with three species of each plant type (small, medium, large), six different herbivores, and three different carnivores/ omnivores. The best way to do it is to fly around your T3 homeworld and grab everything in sight with your Abduction Beam. You will need to have upgraded your cargo hold in order to fit all of them in there. Look for planets near your own empire that are not near colonies of empires that you’re at war with, preferably in star systems with blue stars, because the planets that orbit them tend to produce more valuable colors of spice. Terraform a planet to T3, preferably using multi-use tools,

Placing Plants
Plants stabilize the environment of a planet. If you don’t introduce a variety of plants to the planet after modifying its climate, its T-score dot will slowly return to its original position on the grid before you started terraforming it. Once a T-score row of plants has been filled in on the Food Web, the planet’s environment is stabilized for that T-score and will not slide back to a lower one unless an eco-disaster wrecks the Food Web.

There are a number of planet sculpting and planet coloring tools that don’t impact the T-score or biosphere of the planet. The only in-game purpose of most of these tools is to allow you to change the look of the planet and allow your creativity to shine. With a wide enough array of tools, you can create fantastic and impossible worlds with pink skies, purple terrain, chocolate swirl seas, and crystal mesas. A few of the planet sculpting tools have more practical effects. For example, if a planet is mostly water, you can use a Raise Terrain tool to cause a land mass to rise forth from the seas, giving you a new continent to place a colony on. You can also use these tools as weapons against other empire’s colonies—the Lower Terrain tools can send a coastal colony beneath the waves, destroying it instantly.

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The majority of the planet sculpting and planet coloring tools are not purchased; they’re found on other planets. Explore star systems to see if any of the planets emit yellow radio waves. If they do, fly down to the planet and follow

your pinging radar to the source. Sometimes it’s a rare item, but more often than not, it’s a tool that you can pick up with your Abduction Beam and add to your inventory. To use a planet sculpting or planet coloring tool, simply select its category tab to bring it up in your inventory, and then click on its icon to select it. Click on the desired location of the planetary surface to activate the tool and transform the planet. All sculpting and coloring tools are multi-use items that consume energy when used.

Spore Update: Space Stage

Improving Relationships

There are a number of ways to improve your relationships with other empires. If you make even a minimal effort to get along with your galactic neighbors, you’ll rarely find yourself in a war that you’re not interested in fighting.

colony improves your relationship with the empire. Ignoring or failing to help hurts your relationship with them and may cause a tenuous alliance to dissolve.

Add Ships to Fleet
As you reach the higher ranks in Space Stage, you can add other allied empires’ ships to your fleet. Having their ship in your fleet improves your relationship with them, but if you’re careless and let the ship be destroyed, you suffer a very slight relationship penalty.

Other Empires

Your Other Empires
If you have more than one Space Stage game saved, you can potentially wind up meeting your other game’s empire(s) if you travel to their part of the galaxy. All AI-controlled empires will expand in all games whenever you play any of them. Your other games’ empires will almost never be attacked when you are not controlling them. The rare exception would be if you form an alliance with them, and then a mutual enemy attacks one of their colonies. In that case, be sure to be extra vigilant about defending your saved empire, or you will have some repairs to make when you resume playing it later. Your other games’ homeworlds will never be attacked.

One of the very first things that you have to do in the Space Stage is to make contact with another empire. The galaxy is too vast and too full of advanced species not to deal with some of them, whether you like it or not. Initiating first contact is generally the best way to control the relationship between your empires; it also earns you a positive relationship bonus for being the one to make contact. To make contact with an empire, mouse over star systems in the starmap until you detect spacefaring life with your SETI, represented by blue signal waves emitting from the system. Travel to the system and zoom into the star system view to fly into orbit around the inhabited planet. Open communications with the empire to make first contact.

Most actions you can take to improve your relationship with another empire lose their effectiveness over time, so you need to continually renew your commitment to empires that you want to keep happy. Remember, diplomacy isn’t about “what have you done for me,” it’s about “what have you done for me lately?”

Use Tools
You can use a number of tools to improve an empire’s view of you, including the different versions of the Happy Ray and the Embassy. For a complete list of socialization tools, see the list at the end of this guide.

Bribe
Call it a “gift,” call it a “donation,” or call it an “offering,” it’s all the same thing—a bribe. Nothing improves a relationship faster or more easily than a massive transfer of Sporebucks from your coffers to your new friends’. It’s the quickest way to get a warring empire to stop attacking your colonies, and it’s a great way to make a very positive first impression.

Terraform a Planet
Terraforming a T0 planet to a T3 is time-consuming and expensive work, and that’s what makes it such a valuable gift to an empire that you’re trying to woo. If you terraform one of the T0 planets in a star system that they have already colonized and stabilize its biosphere as a T3 planet, you will receive a significant boost to your relationship with them.

Establish Trade Routes
Once you have established a strong relationship with an empire, they may be willing to form a trade route with you, which you can initiate through the diplomacy screen. You can only have three trade routes active at a time, and you earn a relationship bonus with an empire as long as you have a trade route active with one of their colonies. Once a trade route has been established, a “purchase system” bar slowly starts to fill at the other empire’s colony, just like the “purchase city” bar seen in the economic strategy’s trade routes in the Civilization Stage. When the bar is completely full, you receive a message from the colony saying that the system is available for purchase. To buy it, return to the colony at any point and click the Purchase System button to make an offer; there is no time limit for making your offer, so do it at your convenience. It’s impossible to know exactly which purchase price is the lowest one that they’ll accept, but the following are all factors: • The color of spice produced. Green, blue, and purple spice-producing planets are pricier than red, orange, and
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Diplomacy

Once you make contact with another empire, they start expanding their empire in real-time, just as you are. Until you make contact, however, the empire does not “awaken,” so you might want to avoid contacting too many empires until you’ve established yourself in your corner of space.

Diplomacy is the process of shaping your relationship with other empires. Your relationship is measured on a scale similar to the one seen in the Civilization Stage. A negative number means a negative relationship, a positive number means a positive relationship, and 0 means a completely neutral relationship. The relationship is also represented by the color of the face that appears in the information box when you mouse over the empire’s system or planet. Most diplomacy is conducted through the diplomacy option on the contact screen when you open communications with another empire. However, your actions (and inaction) can also affect your relationship with other empires, as you will see.

Missions
Volunteering to undertake missions for other empires gives you a small relationship boost. Completing them gives you a significant boost. Failing to complete the mission, however, damages your relationship with them.

Form an Alliance
When your relationship with another empire is as strong as can be (green face), you can propose an alliance between your empires. This gives you another bonus to your relationship with them, further cementing it. With an alliance, you can ask your allies to attack or defend other colonies, but you’re obligated to return the favor whenever called upon. If your relationship degrades, your allies may call off the alliance. You also have the option to dissolve an alliance at any time through the diplomacy screen, for no reason at all.

Making a Good First Impression

As mentioned previously, introducing yourself to other empires gives you a small bonus to your relationship with the empires. If they have to initiate contact because they are intimidated by the size of your expanding empire, or because you attacked one of their ships or colonies, they’ll be in a much less happy mood. If you have the Gracious Greeting Consequence Ability, you gain a small automatic bonus to your relationship with every other empire in the galaxy. You must have finished Tribal Stage as a Friendly tribe to have earned this ability. Finally, having the same archetype as the other empire gives you an automatic bonus to your relationship with them. For more information on archetypes, see the “Archetype” section of this guide.

Defend Allies
Like you, other empires will be attacked by rivals or pirates or suffer eco-disaster. When this happens, they send out a call for help that you need to respond to if you want to keep your relationship strong. Rescuing your ally’s

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yellow spice producers. • The number of colonized planets in the system—more colonies equals more cash. • The T-score of the planets in the system. Whether they’re colonized or not, T3 planets are always a valuable commodity. • Your relationship score with the empire. An especially strong relationship might get you a “mate’s rates” discount. If your bid is successful, you take immediate ownership of the system and all colonies in it, as if you had established them yourself. You also earn a small relationship bonus with the empire that you purchased it from. If you underbid for the system, your offer is denied, and the “purchase system” bar starts refilling again from the beginning. Your trading partner also gets into a bit of a huff at your attempt to low-ball them, and your relationship suffers slightly as a consequence.

Fleet Ship Destruction
Your allies will never refuse to loan one of their spaceships to your fleet, but they do get slightly miffed if you keep having to come back to them because your reckless actions destroy their ships. This isn’t usually a big problem if you don’t make a habit of it, but it can develop into a drag on your relationship over time.

Spore Update: Space Stage

Ally with the Grox
The Grox are a sentient race of anti-life artificial intelligence that occupy hundreds—maybe thousands—of worlds near the center of the galaxy. They are incredibly aggressive and do not hesitate to conquer and destroy other empires as soon as they encounter them. Becoming allies with the Grox is not easy, but if you do it, every other empire in the entire galaxy will turn on you, and most of them will declare war on you. For more information on the Grox, see “The Grox” section of this guide.

Terraform Without Permission
Terraforming an uninhabited T0 planet in an empire’s star system and making it habitable earns you brownie points with that empire. But using sculpting or coloring tools on one of their colony planets will irritate them in a big way, especially if the terraforming damages one of their colonies.

Capturing enemy homeworlds should be a top priority. Capturing an empire’s homeworld doesn’t immediately bring the empire to its knees, but only homeworlds can support more than three colonies or cities on a single planet, which makes a captured homeworld an excellent source of spice if you can take most or all of its cities intact. The Fanatical Frenzy power possessed by Zealots is the fastest way to do it, but nearby empires will take a dim view of its use.

War

Damaging Relationships
Attack Colonies or Ships

Diplomatic relationships are fragile things. A few careless actions—or one really atrocious one—can sour an empire’s opinion of you and possibly lead to war.

Abduct or Eradicate Citizens
Stealing another empire’s citizens from their colony is a clear act of aggression that won’t be forgotten. Blasting them to atoms with a laser is even worse. The only exception to this is if you do so during the course of a mission given to you by that empire, in which they specifically tell you to abduct or eradicate citizens of their own empire.

The most blatant way to turn another empire against you is to attack their ships or colonies without cause. (Of course, if you have cause, that means that you’re already on bad terms with them.) Allies in particular take this sort of ambush hard.

If the relationship between you and another empire degrades significantly, a declaration of war inevitably follows. Once an empire declares war on you (or vice versa), any existing trade routes or alliances with that empire are immediately disbanded. Warring empires will try to capture or destroy your colonies, starting with the ones that are closest to their territory. Destroyed colonies must be rebuilt, and if all of your colonies in a star system are destroyed, your adversaries can drop Colony Insta-Paks of their own and seize control. Captured colonies must be recaptured by you, or destroyed and rebuilt.

Terraforming As a Weapon
The “Terraforming” section of this guide discussed using planet sculpting tools as weapons against individual cities, but there’s an even more cold-blooded way to use terraforming tools to crush an empire’s colonies. Instead of burying individual cities, use atmospheric tools to change the climate of the planet to make it an uninhabitable T0. Every species of plant and animal immediately becomes extinct, and every colony except one is immediately destroyed. The remaining colony is unable to harvest spice or mount any defense against attack. Destroy that one remaining colony with conventional weapons, and then use your atmospheric tools to restore the planet’s T-score. Fill out the Food Web with plants and animals, and settle the planet with Colony Incredi-Paks of your own. It’s a fairly expensive way to conquer a planet, but it gets the job done.

Conquering Systems

Theft
Just because an empire is allied with you doesn’t mean that it’s okay for you to swipe rare items or terraforming tools from their colonized planets with your Abduction Beam. Even if you see yellow rays emitted from the planet, think twice before swooping in to recover the goods that they indicate. Obtaining a valuable rare item might not be worth it if you wind up having to hand over a large bribe to repair your relationship with the empire you took it from. And stealing crates of spice from their colonies is a definite no-no that will have even more significant repercussions on your diplomatic relationship.

Insult
Usually you’ll have a chance to insult another empire among the choices available to you on the diplomacy screen. This doesn’t endear you to them, but it’s not a major incident either. Expect a small penalty to your relationship if you choose to be less than diplomatic in your conversation.

Break the Galactic Code
The Galactic Code is a universal set of laws that all civilized spacefaring races are expected to adhere to. The most egregious violation of the code is to use a tool or weapon that instantly destroys or conquers an entire planet, such as Planet Buster, Gravitation Wave, or Fanatical Frenzy. If you employ one of these within 20 parsecs of another empire, you will immediately suffer severe relationship penalties and should probably expect declarations of war to start flooding the subspace transmission lines.

Reject a Mission
If you ask the other empire for a mission and then choose not to accept it once you hear the description of it, you suffer a small penalty to your relationship with the empire. However, sometimes this is worth it if accepting the mission would cause you to take an action that would jeopardize your relationship with another empire.

Conquering a colony in the Space Stage is like conquering a city in Civilization Stage. Your first step is to reduce the happiness of the colony by destroying its entertainment buildings or the houses linked to them. Once the will of the colonists has been broken, attack the city hall to fill a “conquest bar.” Once it’s completely full, the city hall runs a white flag up and surrenders. If you cause every colony on the planet to surrender, you can click the Conquer Planet button that appears at the top of the screen to instantly assume control of the colonies.

Ending War

War ends in one of two ways: when one side is completely wiped out, or when one side bribes the other.

You inherit conquered colonies in the exact state that you reduced them to, so try to inflict as little damage as possible. Entertainment buildings are relatively cheap to replace, but replacing all eight turrets and a half-dozen houses can get a little spendy.

Fighting to the Bitter End
If you continue attacking enemy colonies and conquering or destroying them, eventually your adversary will have nowhere left to call home. Taking control of all of their colonies or obliterating them entirely ends the war. Of course, if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, you might wind up seeing your own colonies eradicated one by one, in which case, you should probably pursue the next option while you still have a chance.

Mission Failure
Rejecting a mission outright is bad. But accepting a mission, and then failing to complete it is much worse. If you can’t honor your promise to help out another empire, expect to suffer a significant relationship penalty as a result.

Paying Protection Money
Warring empires will periodically send demands for Sporebucks. If you accept them and pay their ransom, your relationship improves to the point where a truce can be declared. Of course, you’re still not on good terms with the
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empire you just paid off, so be ready for hostilities to renew again unless you take steps to improve your relationship. You don’t have to wait for their demands either. Even during the middle of a war, diplomatic channels remain open. You can travel to one of their star systems and open up communications. Offer them a sizable gift of Sporebucks, and you might convince them to stop shooting at you.

Spore Update: Space Stage

Missions Offered

Evolving Empires
There is another way to form alliances with empires that has not been discussed yet: you can help a race of creatures evolve to a spacefaring race, in effect creating a new empire. The key to evolving a species is to plant a Monolith on a planet that is inhabited by a race in the Tribal or Civilization Stage of evolution. Over time, the Monolith will cause that race to discover the mysteries of space travel and form their own galactic empire. When you make contact with this newly enlightened civilization, you receive a whopping +50 bonus to your relationship with them, because you were the empire that helped them recognize their true potential. This is a relatively inexpensive way to create strong alliances throughout the galaxy.

The archetype of the empire that you request missions from affects the type of mission that they will offer. The following chart lists the percentage chance that an empire of a certain archetype will offer you each type of mission—or declare war on you.

case, speak to them again immediately after accepting the mission to see if they will accept your goods and consider the mission completed.

Destroy All Turrets
Eradicate all turrets on all colonies on a specific planet with any weapons you have. Make every effort to avoid harming civilians or other structures, unless specifically ordered to do so.

Fetch an Artifact
Recover a single item (usually a rare item) from a planet’s surface with your Abduction Beam and return to the mission giver with the item in your cargo hold. You can also refuse to return to the mission giver and keep the item for yourself, but this angers the empire that gave you the mission.

Fetch a Plant
Pick up a specific species of plant from a planet with your Abduction Beam and bring it back to the mission giver. Use your Scan tool to make sure that you have the right species. If you have a difficult time finding the precise species, click on the dots in the planet’s Food Web to find and scan every species of plant, and pull up a sample of the one you were instructed to find.

Eradicate Animals
Sick animals on a planet threaten to infect the rest of the species. Destroy the infected animals within a time limit to save the planet’s ecosystem. Infected animals are marked by a yellow cloud around them, and your radar points to the nearest one. Try to destroy as few healthy animals as possible to avoid angering the empire that has colonized the planet.

Archetype

Fetch an Animal
Use your Abduction Beam to pick up a specific animal type from a planet and bring it back to the mission giver. Again, use your Scan tool and the dots of the Food Web to pinpoint the locations of the various species of animals on the planet and find the right one.

Depending on the choices you made during the four previous stages, you begin the Space Stage with one of 10 different archetypes. Your archetype determines the type of “super weapon” you have access to during Space Stage, and it also influences the reaction of other empires to you. Empires of the same or similar archetypes tend to establish more positive relationships with each other, while empires whose archetypes are far apart from each other on the archetype matrix (see sidebar) have a hard time getting along. To view your archetype, click the History button in the lower right corner of the screen. This brings up a timeline showing your progress through Space Stage (and all previous stages, if you go back far enough). Your archetype appears at the top of the screen, along with the results of your previous stages of evolution that determined your current archetype.

To determine your archetype, start in the gray circle in the middle of the archetype matrix (Wanderer) and move one space toward the red, green, or blue points of the triangle as determined by the outcome of the stages you played through. Example 1: Say you completed Cell Stage as a Carnivore, Creature Stage as a Predator, Tribal Stage as Aggressive, and Civilization Stage as Military. All of those are “red” outcomes, so you would move four steps toward the red point of the matrix, clearly defining you as a Warrior archetype. Example 2: If you finished Cell Stage as a Herbivore, Creature Stage as a Predator, Tribal Stage as Friendly, and Civilization Stage as Economic, you would move one step toward the green point (Ecologist), one step toward the red point (Zealot), another step toward the green point (still Zealot), and your final step toward the blue point, establishing you as an Ecologist. Example 3: If you skipped the first two stages, and then completed Tribal Stage as Industrious and Civilization Stage as Military, you would not move anywhere for the first two steps (because you didn’t play the first two stages), and then one step toward the blue point (Bard) and one step toward the red point, winding up as a Scientist. Example 4: If you did not play any of the first four stages and jumped immediately into the Space Stage, you would remain in the neutral Wanderer space, and that would be your archetype.

Eradicate Citizens
A colony’s citizens are sick or insane and threaten the rest of the populace. Euthanize them to preserve the colony. To avoid angering the colony whose citizens you have been assigned to dispatch, pick off the infected with precise laser fire, and use a Happy Ray tool to restore the happiness of the colony. If the colony becomes angry with you, they may start to fire upon you.

Balance Ecosystem
Fill out a planet’s Food Web with plants and animals to balance its ecosystem. Make sure to pick up the required number of species of small, medium, and large plants, as well as herbivores and carnivores (or omnivores), before heading to the planet.

War
The empire declares war upon your empire.

Fetch a Tribe Member
Go to the specified tribal planet, pick up a member of a tribe with your Abduction Beam, and bring it back to the mission giver. Use the Tribal Hut icons on your mini-map to locate the planet’s tribes, and abduct a member of the specific tribe you were ordered to retrieve.

Sample Collection
Use your Abduction Beam to collect samples of a planet’s flora and fauna and bring them back to the mission giver. This might involve collecting samples of every species of plant, or one specific animal, or have other conditions attached to it, so be sure to pay close attention to the stipulations of the mission.

Fetch a Civilization’s Citizen
Use your Abduction Beam to transfer a citizen from a civilization into your cargo hold, and then return to the mission giver and drop it off in one of their cities. Again, you can use the mini-map to find the planet’s cities, which will be teeming with abductable citizens. Watch out for turret fire!

Terraform
Terraform a planet with planetary atmospheric tools and make it habitable for plants and animals. Remember that stabilizing the ecosystem with plants is an integral part of terraforming.

Determining Archetype
Stage Outcomes by Color
Color
Green Red Blue

Changing Archetype

The three points of the archetype matrix represent the three colors of your possible fates in previous stages.

Cell
Herbivore Carnivore Omnivore

Creature
Social Predator Adaptable

Tribal
Friendly Aggressive Industrious

Civilization
Religious Military Economic

Your archetype is not set in stone and can change over the course of your progress through Space Stage, but it’s not an easy thing to do. First, you have to ally yourself with an empire that has the same archetype as the one you want to convert to, and the empire must control at least nine star systems Next, travel to any of their colonies, open communications, and click the Missions button. You should see an option to undertake a mission that would change your empire’s archetype to theirs. Accept it, perform the mission, and return to the colony that gave it to you to complete your personality change.

Multi Delivery
Deliver a number of objects to several different planets using your Abduction Beam to safely retrieve and drop them off. Refer back to the mission instructions to keep your delivery route straight.

Fetch an Empire’s Citizen
Abduct a citizen of another empire with your Abduction Beam and bring them to the mission giver’s city. This may worsen your relationship with the abductee’s empire and could lead to war.

Scan and Abduct
Use your Scan tool to examine the plants and animals of a planet and add them to the Sporepedia. Once that’s done, use your Abduction Beam to bring samples of them back to the mission giver.
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The mission giver is in need of a specific commodity. Find it and bring it back to them. This is usually a specific color of spice, which you might already have in your cargo hold. If that’s the

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Archetype Descriptions
Bard

Super-Weapon: Safari Vacuum
The Safari Vacuum instantly plucks two of each species of plant and animal from a planet and deposits them in your cargo hold, provided that you have the space. It’s a fast and painless way to pick up all of the species you need to balance out a newly terraformed planet’s ecosystem.

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The following section details the specific attributes of each archetype. Details about the Grox can be found in “The Grox” section of this guide.

Shaman

Super-Weapon: None
Wanderers are the only archetype that have no superweapons of their own.

Bards are happy-go-lucky explorers with a social bent. They are constantly in search of something new, whether that be a new empire, a unique planet, or a collection of rare items. They tend to avoid conflict whenever possible.

Becoming an Ecologist
The mission you must undertake to change your archetype to Ecologist requires you to pay 10,000,000 Sporebucks and complete 50 ecosystems by terraforming them to a T1 or T2 and completing their Food Webs. You do not have to colonize the planets, just terraform them and stabilize them so that they are more habitable than they were when you found them.

Shamans believe in a connection between all things and dedicate themselves to exploring and preserving these connections. Those who would deny or disrupt this universal connection will quickly find themselves on the wrong side of a Shaman empire.

Becoming a Wanderer
The only way to become a Wanderer is to skip the first four stages of the game and start immediately at Space Stage. You cannot become a Wanderer if you start Space Stage as any other archetype.

Super-Weapon: Return Ticket
Use this ability anywhere in the galaxy to immediately return to your home system. It’s especially valuable for when your explorations have gone awry, you’re short of supplies, and hostile forces threaten to overwhelm you. With a single click, you can return to safety and recharge and repair your spaceship. It’s also a fast way to get back to your homeworld should it come under attack.

Super-Weapon: Soothing Song
Soothing Song immediately calms down empires that are at war with you and declares a temporary cease-fire for the duration of the song, which is actually quite long. The only thing that can shatter this peace is if you instigate an attack, which immediately renews hostilities. For that reason, you should disable your Auto-Turret, if your spaceship is equipped with one. Otherwise, it will automatically shoot at hostiles and resume the conflict, wasting the Soothing Song.

Warrior

Knight

Knights are principled warriors who use their might for right. They defend the defenseless and help the helpless while bringing a sense of order and discipline to the galaxy.

Becoming a Shaman
The process of converting to a Shaman isn’t difficult, but it takes a while. After an initial outlay of 2,500,000 Sporebucks, you must then use planet sculpting and planet coloring tools on 150 different planets, which will keep you busy for a long time. Remember not to use them on colonized planets, unless you’re willing to risk the displeasure of the empire that has colonized them.

Warrior empires live by the unshakable belief that might makes right, and they expand their empires by conquest. That doesn’t mean that a Warrior empire is necessarily an unprincipled bully, but it does mean that they’re unwilling to tolerate disrespect or duplicity from other empires.

Super-Weapon: Mini-U
Using Mini-U summons a miniature version of your spaceship to fly along beside you as part of your fleet. This “squire ship” behaves like a fleet ship and will attack hostile units on sight. It only lasts for a limited time, but if it survives to the end of its duration, you will find that the ability has fully recharged, so you can summon another one immediately.

Super-Weapon: Raider Rally
The Raider Rally super-weapon summons a horde of pirates to attack a planet. While pirates are not exactly the most formidable of enemies, they can be used as a distraction while you steal an item or attack a colony or city.

Becoming a Bard
To become a Bard after the start of Space Stage, you must pay the mission giver 10,000,000 Sporebucks and find 25 rare items scattered throughout the galaxy. Terraforming tools found on the surface of planets do not count toward this total.

Becoming a Warrior
To become a Warrior, you must prove yourself to be a worthy conqueror. After paying 2,500,000 Sporebucks at the acceptance of the mission, you then have to conquer 20 colonized planets to earn the right to call yourself a Warrior.

Diplomat

Diplomats abhor violence and see any outbreak of it as their own personal failure, whether they are involved in it or not. The fact that they couldn’t help to negotiate a peaceful solution is a great disappointment to them. Diplomats do not believe that any problem is to big or too serious to be solved through mediation.

Becoming a Knight
You cannot become a Knight in Space Stage, because you will never encounter an AI-controlled empire with the Knight archetype. Even if you have a saved empire with the Knight archetype, it will show up as a Warrior if you encounter it in another game. The only way to play as a Knight empire is to begin Space Stage as a Knight empire, which requires two red stage outcomes, one green one, and one blue one.

Trader

Traders believe that the quickest route to happiness is by establishing beneficial relationships through trade, and that happiness should be the ultimate goal of all civilized beings. Ethical traders try to ensure that both sides of the deal come out of it better than they entered into it, while greedy ones won’t hesitate to drive the hard bargain and get the best deal that they can.

Zealot

Super-Weapon: Static Cling
Static Cling instantly and temporarily paralyzes all buildings and vehicles on a planet, effectively rendering it defenseless (although Diplomats would prefer to describe it as incapable of committing violence). Use this opportunity to flee, steal objects from the planet and its colonies, or destroy the planet’s defenses.

Scientist

Super-Weapon: Cash Infusion
Once you establish a robust spice trading operation, Cash Infusion will help to peacefully expand your empire at a tremendous rate of speed. Cash Infusion instantly fills the purchase bar of any system that you have a trade route with, which means that you can make an offer on a system immediately after establishing the trade route. You still have to buy the system, but you don’t have to wait.

Scientists believe in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, and nothing excites them more than an unsolved riddle. They might not be the most social of empires, but they are usually working for the betterment of all galactic races…or dreaming up new ways to vaporize planets.

Zealots are fanatical believers in their faith and will stop at nothing to convert nonbelievers to their way of thinking. And if they can’t convert them, well, it’s better to not exist at all than to exist in an unenlightened state. They are as aggressive as Warriors and will not leave you alone until they’re convinced you’re on their side. Make allies of them if you don’t want to constantly have to refuse or give in to their demands for tribute.

Super-Weapon: Fanatical Frenzy
Fanatical Frenzy instantly converts every colony on it, allowing you to immediately capture the planet without firing a shot. It’s invaluable for capturing enemy homeworlds with all cities intact. However, there are two serious drawbacks: First, using it violates the Galactic Code, which means that all other empires within 50 parsecs will immediately post a massive penalty to your relationship with them, which could lead to declarations of war. Second, the power takes a very long time to recharge, which makes it impossible to use it to convert those newly angry empires.

Becoming a Diplomat
Diplomats are always eager to convert other empires to their way of thinking, so their personality change mission is one of the easiest ones to complete. Simply pay the Diplomat empire 5,000,000 Sporebucks and form five new alliances, in addition to any you might already have.

Super-Weapon: Gravitation Wave
The Gravitation Wave instantly destroys all buildings on a planet, leaving its ecology intact and ready for recolonization. Using this ability near other empires instantly turns them against you, as it is a violation of the Galactic Code. It also takes a long time to recharge.

Becoming a Trader
Unsurprisingly, the mission you must undertake to become a Trader requires a great deal of trade. After paying 2,500,000 Sporebucks, you must sell 5,000 items, the vast majority of which will have to be units of spice. Although it takes a long time and can be a bit of a pain to accomplish, it does force you to expand and perfect your spice trading operation, which will serve you well once you have the Cash Infusion super-weapon.

Ecologist

Ecologists believe in preserving the natural order of things and seek to maintain a balance in nature. Life is precious and must be protected at all costs. Those who jeopardize the lives of other living creatures, sentient or not, do not stay on an Ecologist empire’s good side for long. They’re basically space hippies.

Becoming a Scientist
The mission that changes your archetype to Scientist requires a 5,000,000 Sporebuck payment and the discovery of 20 new black holes or proto-planetary discs. The latter is much rarer than the former, but if you have an advanced Interstellar Drive, you should be able to zip around the galaxy and find enough of them quickly.

Wanderer

Becoming a Zealot
The mission to change your archetype to Zealot requires you to pay 5,000,000 Sporebucks and colonize 15 new planets. Adding additional colonies to planets that you already own will not count toward this total.
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Combat

Laser
Lasers are precision weapons designed for use against ground targets, although they can also be used against enemy ships as long as you are at a higher altitude than the target. Click and hold on the target to fire a continuous blast of energy at it. Release the button to stop firing. Lasers consume energy at a steady rate, and the most powerful versions can drain your ship’s reserves quickly. Variations: Mini Laser, Laser, Mega Laser leave you out of energy during combat. Variations: Minor Proton Missile, Proton Missile, Mega Proton Missile, Anti-Matter Missile

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wingman to your fleet at first, but as you progress through Space Stage, you can add more ships, up to a maximum of four. You can only add as many ships as you have free fleet spots. Unlike forming a pack, however, you cannot add your own ships to your fleet. You can only add spaceships from allied empires to your fleet, and each ship must be from a different empire. To add a ship to your fleet, visit an empire that you have formed an alliance with. The empire must not already have a ship in your fleet. Open communications with them and use the diplomacy screen to request that they add a ship to your fleet. Allied empires will never refuse this request. Having an empire’s ship in your fleet improves your relationship with that empire.

No matter how peaceful an empire you resolve to be, combat is unavoidable. That means you’d better be ready to defend yourself at the very least, and be able to push back against empires sizing up your colonies for conquest. If you’re a more aggressive empire, you can use combat as a way to expand your own empire and unite the galaxy under your rule.

Auto Blaster
Auto blasters can be turned off or on once purchased. Unlike other weapons, you don’t need to select them and aim them at a target. Like the name implies, auto blasters automatically fire upon any hostile vehicle or turret that fires upon you first. If you don’t want them to open fire on your attackers (because you’re traveling to the star system to try to make peace, for example), be sure to turn them off. Variations: Mini Auto Blaster, Auto Blaster, Mega Auto Blaster

Weapons

You won’t last long in combat without having some potent weapons and some skill with them. When you first start Space Stage, you start out with the Mini-Laser and Minor Proton Missile. These low-powered weapons are good for zapping infected creatures and downing weak pirate spacecraft, but not much else. Most weapons are purchased from your own homeworld or colonies, or the colonies of empires who are not hostile to your empire. As with all tools, you must earn certain badges to unlock weapons for purchase and have enough Sporebucks to afford them once they’re available. Your own colonies will always have every available weapon for sale at high prices, while other empires have a limited but cheaper selection.

Pulse
Pulse weapons fire a burst of energy in a straight line, and they’re intended for use against ground targets. Because they fire in a pulse and not a steady stream, they tend to consume less energy than lasers of comparable power. Variations: Mini Pulse, Pulse, Mega Pulse

Health and Damage

Many weapons are upgrades to previous weapons in the same category. For example, Mini Bomb, Justa Bomb, and Mega Bomb are three different levels of the same weapon. Once you purchase a higher powered weapon, it replaces the weaker version of itself in your inventory. You cannot go back and purchase weaker versions of weapons once you’ve purchased their more powerful versions.
Once purchased, weapons appear in the Weapons tab of your item inventory. Click a weapon’s icon to select it, and then click where you want to use it to fire it. Most weapons consume energy from your spaceship’s batteries when fired, so if you’re out of energy, you can’t use those weapons.

Bomb
Bombs are high-yield explosives dropped from your spaceship onto ground targets. They tend to be more inaccurate than any other weapon type, but the damage that they inflict upon buildings and ground vehicles is significant, especially considering that they don’t eat up your spaceship’s energy the way lasers and pulse weapons do. Bombs are best used against colonies that you’d rather destroy than capture, because it’s hard to target specific buildings precisely. Variations: Mini Bomb, Justa Bomb, Mega Bomb, Anti-Matter Bomb

The goal of combat is to reduce the health (green bars) of all attacking enemy vehicles and turrets to zero before they do the same to your spaceship’s health. When a vehicle or turret’s health reaches zero, it is destroyed.

Warrior empires’ spaceships make the best wingmen. Zealots and Scientists are good. Bards, Ecologists, Traders, Diplomats, and Shamans tend to be less effective, because they are not combatfocused cultures.
If an allied fleet ship is destroyed in combat, you suffer a very small penalty to your relationship with the empire, but this is almost never enough of a justification for them to dissolve your alliance. To replace the ship, you must return to the empire that it originally came from and request another one.

Some enemy spaceships drop treasure when they are destroyed. If your radar is turned on, it will point you to the treasure. Use the Abduction Beam to pick it up. Once the treasure reaches your ship, it is added automatically to your Sporebuck total and does not occupy any space in your cargo hold.
If your spaceship is destroyed, you respawn at the last one of your colonies that you visited. Thanks to the miracle of advanced cloning technology, you wind up in command of the exact same type of spaceship, with exact duplicates of all weapons, tools, and cargo that you previously had.

Use the AOE Repair tool to repair your allied ships during combat. When you have a fleet of ships, choosing to repair or recharge at a colony also repairs and recharges all of your fleet ships as well.

If your spaceship is destroyed in combat, you lose your entire fleet and must rebuild it by visiting allied empires and requesting ships from them.

Weapon Types

There are more than two dozen weapons that you can acquire in Space Stage, but most of them fall into one of five categories: laser, pulse, bomb, missile, or auto blaster.

Missile
Missiles are air-to-air weapons designed specifically for use against other spaceships and air vehicles. All missiles home in on their targets and detonate upon impact. Like bombs, they are energy-efficient weapons that will not

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If you’re the eager explorer sort, you might find that treasure hunting is a good way to supplement your income while searching out new life and new civilizations. When you enter a star system, look for planets that emit yellow signal rays. These rays indicate that there’s a valuable object on the planet’s surface. If your radar is turned on, it will point toward the object of interest. The object is always either a rare item from one of 13 collections or a planet sculpting or coloring tool that can be used to change the appearance of a planet. Follow your radar to the object and use your Abduction Beam to transfer it to your cargo hold.

Treasure Hunting

to keep every rare item that you find in your cargo hold, you will run out of room quickly, even with expanded cargo holds. For that reason, designate a planet as a storage planet and transfer rare items to its surface for safe keeping. You don’t need to worry about pirates or rival empires stealing them—they won’t—but you do need to maintain control of that planet so that you don’t have to fight through hostile forces to return and pick them up. Your homeworld makes an excellent storage planet.

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• Boost production in each of your colonies by placing a number of factories in them and linking them to houses to increase their effectiveness. Make sure that your colonies each have a positive happiness rating so that they can’t be instantly conquered, but once that’s achieved, invest heavily in factories to speed up the rate of spice harvesting. • Visit each of your colonies regularly to pick up the spice that they’ve harvested and keep them from idling once they reach their storage limit. Remember, each colony can store only five units of spice at a time, and if they reach that limit, they shut production down until you take it off their hands. • If you find that your colonies’ spice storage is constantly maxed out no matter how regularly you visit them, drop a Spice Storage item on the overproducing colony planets to double spice storage and increase productivity. • Your colonies’ spice-buying prices fluctuate wildly, so the best method for trading spice effectively is to stop by each colonized planet to pick up the spice they’ve produced since your last visit. While you’re there, open communications and see what they’re offering for the spice that you’ve got in your cargo hold. If they’re willing to pay a five-figure sum per unit for any of the spice you’ve got, go ahead and sell it. If not, move onto the next colony. • It’s more important to keep your spice collecting going smoothly than it is to get the absolute best price for your spice. If you aren’t visiting colonies often enough to keep them from idling when they hit their storage limit, or if you aren’t selling spice fast enough to clear out space in your cargo hold for more spice, you’re wasting time. And time is money! unlock new spaceship tools, weapons, and parts. Empires rise or fall according to the technology at their disposal and how well they utilize it, so it’s in your best interest to have as many options as possible.

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Selling Items

Individually, rare items are worth beaucoup Sporebucks to interested buyers. All rare items have a flat value that does not change depending on the empire that you try to sell them to. And while 45,000 Sporebucks for a Scroll of Faith might seem like a good deal, consider that collecting and selling all 10 Scrolls of Faith nets you 4,500,000 Sporebucks, or 10 times the sum of their individual values! Unless you have absolutely no interest in collecting rare items and just want to cash in and free up space in your cargo hold, you should always hold off on selling any rare items until you have the complete collection of all 10 items in your cargo hold, and then sell them all at once. For a complete list of all 13 collections and the 10 rare items in each, see the end of this guide.

Whether you’re defending your colonies and allies or you’re preemptively attacking other empires, combat can be a real money maker if you’re good at it. Make sure that your radar is always turned on so that it alerts you to any treasure dropped by destroyed hostiles. Use your Abduction Beam to pick it up and instantly add it to your coffers.

Piracy

Sometimes a planet that emits yellow rays doesn’t have an object on its surface at all! Devious pirates have learned to duplicate the object signal to lure treasure hunters to their doom, so always be prepared for a fight before you fly down to a planetary surface. You can also use the Hologram Scout tool to examine a planet without putting your actual ship at risk.

Galactic Objects and Storybook Planets
Two other “collections” of note are slightly different than rare item collections. The first is a collection of galactic objects, such as the galactic core (center of the universe), a black hole, or a binary star system (two stars in the same system). Simply visiting these is enough to consider them “collected.” The other unconventional collection is a collection of “storybook planets,” which are exotic and unusual planets that look as if they came straight out of a fairy tale, like a Gears-n-Cogs planet, or a Marshmallow planet. As with the galactic objects, visiting these planets “collects” them. They’re placed randomly throughout the galaxy, so the only way to come across them is by accident. A list of all galactic objects and storybook planets appears in the list of rare items at the end of this guide.

Truly antisocial empires can attack their rivals and steal spice crates from their colonies with the Abduction Beam. This isn’t the fastest way to earn a living, but if you’ve already destroyed everything on the planet that’s capable of attacking you, you might as well lift their spice before capturing or destroying their colonies.

Collections

Completing Missions

Storing Items

You must have a free spot in your cargo hold before you can transfer a rare item to it (planetary sculpting and coloring tools appear on their own respective tabs in your inventory). If you try

Money doesn’t just make the world go ’round, it makes the entire galaxy go ’round! Here is a comprehensive list of all of the best ways to earn Sporebucks in Space Stage so that you can afford all the weapons and tools you’ve got your heart set on.

Making Money

Spice Trading

Every mission that you complete for another empire earns you a sizable Sporebuck reward when you return to the missiongiving empire after completing it. This isn’t the fastest way to earn Sporebucks, but it does have a couple of additional benefits. First, completing missions for an empire improves diplomatic relations with that empire. Even if you’re not planning on forming a long-term alliance with them, maintaining a positive relationship prevents declarations of war that distract you from your other goals and drain your resources. Also, completing missions helps you earn badges, which in turn

As mentioned above, you can visit planets that emit yellow signal rays to find valuable rare items on the planetary surface. Collecting all 10 items in a collection allows you to sell them as a set for 10 times the sum of the items’ individual values. This is a slow way to earn Sporebucks, so it’s more of a sideproject than a career choice. If you happen to be in a star system that has a planet transmitting yellow signal rays, it’s worth a quick look. You might get lucky and find a rare item worth tens of thousands of Sporebucks, which ain’t bad for a 45-second detour. Of course, you might also run into a pirate ambush, but even that has a financial upside: Overwhelm the pirates quickly, and you just might wind up picking up some treasure from the obliterated husks of their vessels.

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Spice trading is by far the fastest way to earn Sporebucks, once you’ve got a good spice trading network set up. Follow these guidelines to maximize your spice trading potential: • Terraform and colonize planets that produce a variety of spice colors. Although green, blue, and purple are the most valuable colors, you can only hold 99 of each color in your cargo hull. Also, colonies won’t pay much for colors of spice that they already produce. You’re better off harvesting and trading all six colors, so that you can store up to 594 units of spice and maintain a diverse network of buyers and producers.

The Grox

The Grox are a warlike empire of non-organic artificial intelligences that occupy hundreds—if not thousands—of worlds in the center of the galaxy. You receive a mysterious warning about them at the start of Space Stage, and if you expand your empire far enough or try to make a run for the galactic core, you’ll encounter them whether you want to or not.

Grox colonies are situated on T0 planets. Being inorganic, they have no need of an ecosystem to support their colonies (and in fact, planets with T-scores of T1 or higher are uninhabitable for them). Their
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spaceships are incredibly durable and armed with powerful weapons that they do not hesitate to employ at the slightest provocation—or with no provocation at all. There are three ways to deal with the Grox. You can attempt to ally with them, you can take them on and try to crush them, or you can do everything in your power to avoid them. Each strategy has its own unique challenges, advantages, and consequences.

Offer them 500,000 Sporebucks’ worth of gifts to improve your relationship with them slightly (+10). Drop an Embassy on the Grox colony world for another slight improvement in your relationship (+10). Use the Super Happy Ray on their colony to boost your relationship as much as possible (+30 is the most good it will do). This requires more energy than even a full Extreme Energy Storage can provide, so be sure you have Energy Mega-Packs at the ready. Destroy eight neutral planets near the Grox with the Planet Buster, or use the Gravitation Wave super-weapon on eight non-Grox worlds, or instantly convert eight non-Grox colony worlds with Fanatical Frenzy, or any combination of these Galactic Code–violating actions. Each improves your relationship with the Grox by +7, to a maximum of +50.

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Fight the Grox

efficiently you can harvest spice, the quicker you’ll be able to start pushing the Grox back—and eventually out.

Ally with the Grox

Making allies of the Grox is not easy. Everything you can do to positively affect your relationship with another empire has less of an effect on the Grox. To further complicate matters, anything that would normally worsen your relationship with another empire has devastating consequences on your relationship with the Grox. They are an extremely unforgiving empire, and you cannot approach them on any terms except their own.

This should be enough to get you into a neutral relationship with the Grox, which should convince them to stop attacking you. Now it’s time to move toward forming an alliance.

The Grox are so touchy that if you do anything to jeopardize your relationship with them, you will never be able to make allies with them. You must precisely follow every step of the process of making allies with them. If you make any mistakes, immediately quit your game without saving and start from your most recent saved game. Because the Grox are so hated and feared, allying with them is considered the ultimate betrayal by every single other empire in the galaxy. Making allies of the Grox isn’t easy, but surviving once you do isn’t exactly a piece of cake either.

Establishing a Neutral Relationship

Once you are in a neutral relationship with the Grox, they will offer you missions. You earn a +5 bonus to your relationship with them just for accepting a mission in the first place. You can earn up to a +50 relationship bonus by successfully completing mission for them. Be warned, however: completing these missions will make you more popular with the Grox, but much less popular with other empires. Most Grox missions involve abducting other empires’ citizens, destroying civilizations, stealing rare items, or eradicating colonies. When you have earned the maximum +55 relationship bonus for accepting and completing missions for the Grox, you should be able to get them to agree to establish trade routes. Set up all three of your potential trade routes with Grox colonies for a relationship bonus of +25. This should be just enough to get them to accept your offer of an alliance.

Forming an Alliance

Consequences of Grox Alliance

When you first encounter the Grox, they will be hostile toward you, as they are to every other empire in the galaxy. The first thing you need to do is establish a neutral relationship with them. Follow these steps to do so:

Disable your auto blaster, if you have one, and dismiss all ships in your fleet. This will keep you from accidentally firing on the Grox and immediately disqualifying you from ever forming an alliance with them. Travel to a Grox colony world and open a diplomatic channel with them. Be ready with Health Mega-Packs, because they will not stop attacking you until you establish a friendly relationship.

As soon as you form an alliance with the Grox, every other known empire in the entire galaxy considers your empire to be the greatest traitors to organic life in recorded history. You suffer an immediate -200 penalty to all relationships with non-Grox empires, including empires you haven’t made contact with yet. This severe relationship penalty is almost certain to lead to declarations of war from every other empire, so before you take that final step toward allying with the Grox, be sure that every single one of your colonies is fortified with the maximum number of turrets, as well as an Uber Turret to defend the entire planet. It is possible to slowly repair your relationship with some empires, especially ones that you had a very strong relationship with prior to your alliance with the Grox. However, as long as you are allied with the Grox, every new empire you meet will greet you with that -200 relationship penalty, so don’t expect to make many new friends.

The Grox control what seems like an infinite number of star systems, but even they have their limits. It is possible to completely defeat them and eradicate any trace of their empire from the galaxy, but it’s even harder than allying with them. Start by establishing a well-fortified colony near the Grox empire. Terraform the planet to T3, place three Colony Incredi-Paks, and build eight turrets in each colony. Place an Uber Turret to guard the planet, and respond quickly to any threats against this colony, because this is going to be your home base. From there, expand slowly and methodically by conquering Grox colony worlds, destroying their bases, and terraforming the planets to establish colonies of your own. Don’t colonize a planet until you can establish three fortified colonies guarded by an Uber Turret. In fact, you can use terraforming as a weapon against the Grox. Terraforming any of their colonized worlds to a T1 or better instantly destroys all Grox colonies and allows you to settle the planet immediately. But again, don’t colonize a planet until you have the resources and tools to make it a well-fortified T3 colony. Use Happiness Boosters to increase the happiness of the colonists, and use the building spots that would normally be occupied by entertainment buildings to place more factories and increase spice production. You want to be able to generate a healthy income from spice trading without having to stray too far from the colonies nearest the Grox empire, in case you need to come to their aid. Once you establish a few colonies, you can make slow but steady progress toward eliminating the Grox. As soon as you have enough resources to establish a strong T3 colony, go after a Grox colony, destroy it, and set up shop. The faster and more

Avoid the Grox

If you’re the non-confrontational type, avoiding the Grox might be a strategy you’d want to pursue. It’s not an effective long-term strategy—if you play Space Stage long enough, you’ll have to decide what to do about the Grox eventually— but it’s a good way to achieve short-term objectives (like reaching the galactic core) without devoting time or resources to dealing with the Grox. Purchase the Extreme Energy Storage, Extreme Health, and Interstellar Drive 5 upgrades, and equip yourself with multiple Health Mega Packs and Energy Mega Packs so that you can keep your ship’s health high and its batteries charged. A Mega Proton Missile and Mega Auto Blaster are both essential as well. Move quickly from one star system to the next toward your destination. If a Grox spaceship starts to pursue you, move into a star system view and remain in the system until your Mega Auto Blaster destroys it. If you don’t deal with Grox ships individually, you’ll only increase the number of pursuers as you jump from star system to star system. Grox ships are tough in a one-on-one battle, but if you wind up with five on your tail, you’re almost certainly done for.

You can also “slingshot” from one star system to the next (even Grox star systems) to keep from having to fight the Grox as much. Before you arrive at the star system you’re jumping to, click on one beyond it to propel yourself toward that one. As long as you never actually stop at a star system, the Grox don’t have a chance to surround you. And if constantly staying one click ahead starts to become difficult, remember that you can always pause the game at any point and select your next destination.

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The Center of the Galaxy
The primary goal of Space Stage is to earn enough badge points to complete all 10 sections of the timeline and achieve the Title of Omnipotent. But Space Stage doesn’t end once you reach this milestone—you can continue playing it as long as you like. One major goal that you are strongly advised to pursue is a journey to the galactic core at the center of the galaxy.

the galactic core. Use that arrow to guide you as you start your journey, moving from one star system to the next toward the center of the galaxy.

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As soon as you leave one of these colonies, expect it to come under attack from the Grox (unless you have allied with them). If you have the resources, beef up the colony’s defenses with turrets and an Uber Turret before you leave it, but don’t go back to defend the colony. You need to continue pressing onward. Getting to the center of the galaxy is just half the trip. Once you reach it and speak with Steve, you need to get back out again! Follow the same steps you took to reach the galactic core, but move away from it instead of toward it. If you’re lucky enough to have the Shaman archetype, you can just use the Return Ticket super-weapon to return to your homeworld instantly. Otherwise, use the starmap filters to see the route you took to the galactic core and backtrack along it.

It won’t take long for you to encounter the Grox, if you have not already done so. They occupy hundreds of star systems around the galactic core.
As you jump from star system to star system, keep a sharp eye out for wormholes that you can travel through. The Wormhole Key that you should have purchased before beginning the journey lets you travel through them without suffering any damage. Wormholes leap you across vast distances, but there’s also no way to know where you’ll come out until you travel through them. If a wormhole gets you closer to the galactic core, you got lucky. If it takes you farther away, go back through the wormhole and continue jumping from system to system.

Entering the Galactic Core

What Now?
You’ve reached the Title of Omnipotent, and you’ve journeyed to the center of the galaxy, but you don’t want to give up on your empire yet. What else is there to be done? Here are a few ideas to get you started: Collect All Collectables: Find every rare item, galactic object, and storybook planet in the galaxy. Destroy the Grox: Allying with them is not an option if you’ve fired a single shot at them, but you can still rid the galaxy of their scourge. Earn Every Achievement: There’s a complete list of them at the end of this guide, and that should keep you out of trouble for a while. Earn Every Badge: Your in-game Collections menu keeps track of which badges you’ve earned and what you have to do to get the remaining ones. Find Earth: Earth’s location is a well-kept secret, but you might want to try exploring angle 225.06, distance 7,295.43 if you’re feeling homesick.

Preparing for the Voyage

Before you start your epic journey to the galactic core, make sure that you are at peace with all other known empires (except the Grox), either by improving your relationship with them, or by eradicating their colonies. This prevents you from having to worry about your colonies being attacked while you’re on the other side of the galaxy and unable to come to their aid. You should also fortify all of your colonies with turrets and Uber Turrets, if possible. If you’re at peace with every other known empire, you don’t have to worry about fending off other empires’ ships, but pirates are a constant threat. Fortunately, reasonably happy colonies with eight turrets should have no trouble repelling pirate raids. And even if the pirates have their way, it just costs you a bit of spice during a time when you won’t be trading it anyway. Finally, be sure to have the following equipment in your inventory, as you’ll need all of it: • Interstellar Drive 5 • Extreme Energy Storage • Extreme Health • Wormhole Key • Mega Auto Blaster • Colony Incredi-Paks (x5) • Energy Mega Packs (x10) • Health Mega Packs (x10) • AOE Repairs (x10), if you are bringing a fleet with you

The galactic core itself behaves like a giant wormhole. When you reach it, fly directly into it to travel to the center of the galaxy. There, you will meet an enlightened…uh, “being” named Steve, who reveals the mysteries of the universe to you. Steve rewards you for your successful journey with the rarest and most valuable tool in the game: the Staff of Life. The Staff of Life instantly terraforms any planet to a T3 world with a complete ecosystem and Food Web. It has 42 charges, and when they’re used up, the staff ceases to function as anything more than a memento of your journey.

Approaching the Galactic Core

Beginning the Voyage

Remember that the yellow circle that surrounds your spaceship in the starmap represents the maximum distance you can travel in a single jump, and that the arrow on it always points toward

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The closer you come to the center of the galaxy, the more intense gravity becomes. Your spaceship’s travel range is reduced as a result, which means you have to make smaller and smaller jumps as you draw near. If you don’t have Interstellar Drive 5, your movement options between star systems will become very limited. It is all but impossible to approach the galactic core if you don’t have at least Interstellar Drive 3. Also, you should periodically establish colonies in unoccupied star systems that you travel through. These colonies serve a number of purposes: You can repair, recharge, and resupply at the colonies, which you’ll be grateful for as your health and energy start to dwindle. Grox pursuers break off their attack when you enter a system that you have colonized. And you will respawn at the last one of your colonized systems if your spaceship is destroyed, which makes the colonies a checkpoint of sorts (although you should also remember to save your game after setting one up).

Appendix
Badges

Tools

Use these quick-reference tables and checklists to chart your progress through Space Stage and plan your next moves.

There are dozens of tools available in the Space Stage. Some of them, like the planet sculpting and planet coloring tools, can be found randomly on unexplored planetary surfaces. Others require you to earn specific badges before you can trade for them with your homeworld, colonies, or friendly empires.

Complete missions to earn badges. Most badges have multiple levels, represented by the number after the badge name. Each badge also awards you a certain number of badge points toward your next title. Continue completing missions and earning badge points until you achieve the Title of Omnipotent.

Rare Items

Thoroughly explore each planet in every star system to find and collect rare items. Each rare item is extremely valuable in its own right, but if you collect every rare item in a set, the set of items can be traded for 10 times the sum of their individual values!
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